Devin Kelley, 26, went on Sunday to the small Baptist Parish of Sutherland Springs (Texas) with only one goal: to kill. Dressed in black and armed with his Rueger rifle, he began by shooting outside the church and went on inside. Children, pregnant, elderly. He did not care. With its semi-automatic weapon cut 26 lives and wounded to 20. Only four people left the attack unscathed.
The trigger of his murderous thirst was still last night in the mists. The few data that were emerging showed a white man, who had served in the air forces from 2009 to 2013 and who had been dishonorably expelled from the body after a martial trial. Since his departure from the army, for reasons not yet clarified, Kelley had not achieved any fixed work, although he had given, according to his LinkedIn profile, classes for children from 4 to 6 years in the so-called Bible colleges, evangelist Education Centers Heavily dumped in the reading of the wills. "I am a highly working and committed person." "And I live according to the values of the Air Force," he wrote on LinkedIn.
Kelley's family life is still about to emerge. In the social networks appears as married and is seen in many photographs with two children of young age. There's less doubt about his love of guns. He himself exhibited his latest acquisition on Facebook. It was a powerful and metallic Rueger AR, a semi-automatic weapon, some of whose models can be achieved for less than $500 and that in his hands opened the gates of Hell in Sutherland Springs.
The use of this precision rifle, the paramilitary attire and the overcrowding in the parish, where about 50 people were clustered, indicate that the murderer was seeking a mass slaughter. Although its link to the so-called First Baptist Church has not been clarified, the first inquiries suggest that there may have been some past connection. Neighbor of San Antonio, 65 kilometers from the slaughter site, the researchers are inclined to think that they did not choose the parish at random.